Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 542636

Western Tussock Moth
Orgyia vetusta

Observation date: June 26, 2011
Submitted by: hhorobik
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I believe this particular catepillar spun its cacoon during the few days after these photos were taken on my tent.
Status: Resident
Verified by: kellyrichers
Verified date: August 22, 2011
Coordinator notes: The emergent adult should be photographed and sent to Kelly Richers for examination. Larvae are very problematic to ID.Almost certainly Orgyia, probably vetusta.
Checklist region(s): Mendocino County, California, United States